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A highly innovative and budget-priced mission to explore the moon has formally been approved by the European Space Agency. Meeting in Paris 9 and 10 November the Agency's Science Programme Committee has finalised all aspects of the SMART-1 project. This small lunar orbiter is the first in a new line of Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology to demonstrate new key technologies for future deep space missions.
Published: 10 November 1999
The ESA Science Programme has been extending its outreach through anincreased effort in communication and provision of information about theProgramme and its missions.
Published: 10 September 1999
30 years after the Apollo lunar landing, the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) is enthusiastic about the future of lunar exploration and human expansion into the solar system. Bernard H. Foing, ILEWG president (1998-2000), announced today that the next ILEWG conference will take place in Europe at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk near The Hague, on 10-14 July 2000, in exactly one year.
Published: 20 July 1999
A very successful "Open Session on Lunar Exploration" took place at The Hagueon 22 April, as part of 1999 Assembly of the European Geophysics Society . Itwas convened by B.H. Foing (ESA) and co-convened by H. Hoffmann (DLR, Berlin).
Published: 4 May 1999
The period January-February has been a busy one for the SMART-1 project, with a succession of key science, technical and management meetings, culminating in a number of recommendations concerning the launcher, electric propulsion system and payload, presented to ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) on 17 February.
Published: 1 March 1999
The SMART-1 Science and Technology Working Team (STWT) met at ESTEC, Noordwijk, on 24 and 25 November.Key items under discussion were recent recommendations on the SMART-1 baseline 6-month lunar orbit scenario, and a possible extension for a flyby of a near-Earth object (NEO).
Published: 9 December 1998
At its meeting of 2-3 November, ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) endorsed the SMART-1 baseline lunar scenario.
Published: 3 November 1998
The Third International conference on the Exploration and Utilization of the Moon(3ICEUM) took place at the President hall of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 10-14 October 1998.
Published: 16 October 1998
The Third International Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon is being held in Moscow, from 10 to 14 October. It is organised by the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG).
Published: 9 October 1998
A total of 24 proposals for technology experiments were received in response to the SMART-1 Announcement of Opportunity on the deadline of 5 June.
Published: 22 June 1998
At its meeting of 28/29 May ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) unanimously endorsed the recommended scientific payload for the SMART-1 mission.
Published: 7 June 1998
In 1994 the European Space Agency (ESA) developed a phased Lunar programme leading to the long-term goal of creating an infrastructure for utilising and developing the Moon whilst preserving Lunar assets.
Published: 5 March 1998
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